|Squirrel monkey. All photos by author.|
By David Dudenhoefer
Ox-bow lakes crowded by exuberant foliage, multicolored macaws squawking in the treetops, squirrel monkeys skittering along branches – the Tambopata National Reserve, in the Madre de Dios region, brims with such varied and abundant wildlife that it’s easy to forget how many of its species are threatened. Yet the region’s spectacular biodiversity faces pressure from mining, hunting, deforestation and even poorly managed tourism.